T-minus 5 days and counting. I can't take it any longer. The suspense is killing me. Here's your Wednesday Morning Quack Fix:
- The Auburn Tigers got on the field for the first time yesterday after arriving in Arizona on Monday and even spoke to reporters afterward. Meanwhile, Chip Kelly and the Ducks continue to, as Cliff Harris would say, lock shit down from the media. The Oregonian's John Hunt still managed to put together a handful of notes from both teams' practices, while Rob Moseley compiled a series of comments from Kelly and Jeff Maehl.
- Should next Monday be considered an Oregon state holiday? For some city councils around the state, the answer is yes.
- Much has already been made of Oregon as the atypical BCS title game participant. But probably one of the lesser mentioned anomalies is how little interest Oregon's players are drawing from NFL scouts. The Oregonian's Aaron Fentress has the story.
- Fentress and Evan Woodbery of the Mobile Press-Register continued their Oregon-Auburn comparison series with an examination of the assistant coaching staffs. Both give the edge to Auburn because of Gus Malzahn, but I like the Ducks' staff's tenure over a hot name on the coaching carousel. Advantage: Ducks, says I.
- The Oregonian's Lindsay Schnell takes a look at "the other guys" for Auburn on the offensive side of the ball. Believe it or not, they have a plethora of weapons not named Cam Newton. And despite the long layoff, Newton expects he and Auburn offense will come out crisp, but if the Heisman winner continues to stay out all night, those other guys might be relied on to play a bigger role.
- Following TCU's Rose Bowl win capping off an undefeated season, NBC Sports posted a poll asking fans how the Horned Frogs would fare against Auburn and Oregon. The results are somewhat surprising.
- Oregon basketball recruit Austin Kuemper suffered a setback when an MRI revealed a stress fracture in his left leg. The 6'9" Westview High School star is expected to miss a month. I guess it could have been much worse, but it's still a bummer for Kuemper amid his senior season.
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